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26 February 2019 / News
Many of those who attended the 2019 Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson earlier this month have left wondering if it’s possible for such an event to get any better. Exhilarating and inspiring performances came from the best of New Zealand’s chamber and solo musicians. Included in this year's Festival programme alongside us were musicians Douglas Mews, Wilma Smith, Rob Thorne, and Jian Liu, plus international guests The Jerusalem Quartet, pianists Dénes Várjon and Izabella Simon, and violinists Anthony Marwood and Nikki Chooi.
Photo: Kate Russell, Nelson Weekly
Helene and Gillian, Adam Chamber Music Festival Co-Artistic Directors
The musicians participating in the 2019 Festival collaborated closely with each other. Concerts ranged from the best of 19th-century chamber music works – such as both of Brahms’ String Quintets – to the folk-sounds and tangos of Australian-based accordionist James Crabb, and the violin trios of New Zealand composers Anthony Ritchie, Leonie Holmes, and Alex Taylor. If you missed it, you can hear James Crabb chatting to Radio NZ’s Kim Hill about his career as an accordion virtuoso and specialist on the music of Astor Piazzolla here. On Waitangi Day, a special ‘In Conversation’ event brought together instrument makers, performers, and composers to share their journeys in discovering and continuing traditional Māori music, followed by a performance of Te Ao Hou | This New World featuring us with taonga pūoro musician Rob Thorne.
The Jerusalem Quartet and Gillian with their 'pop-star mics' during In Conversation
Dame Gillian Whitehead addresses the audience after we performed Puhake ki te rangi with Rob Thorne (Photo: Elizabeth Kerr)
Helene and Gillian are the Festival’s co-artistic directors and, in addition to their many concert performances, hosted discussion sessions on the composer Béla Bartók and with the Jerusalem Quartet. Monique and Rolf also appeared outside our usual line-up, performing as soloists and forming ensembles with other Festival artists. The Adam Troubadours, an intern quartet mentored by the NZSQ, took the Festival to the community, playing in the streets and galleries of Nelson. Look out for them on their Chamber Music New Zealand tour later this year.
Adam Troubadours performing at The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu
Post-concert with Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner Nikki Chooi, Monique, and NZSO's Sam Jacobs
Our friends at Radio New Zealand recorded concerts throughout the Festival. You can catch-up on events via their website - we recommend listening (and re-listening!) to the Jerusalem Quartet and Gillian Ansell in Brahms' String Quintet No. 2 and Sam Jacobs, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Horn, performing Mozart’s String Quintet in Eb with us in the Festival’s Grand Opening Concert. We also caught up with 1 News Now which ran a special feature on Gillian's 400-year-old Amati viola and the other instruments and musicians performing during the Festival. You can re-watch and read more from TVNZ here.
28 February 2019 / NewsWe’re incredibly excited to announce we’re hitting the road even earlier than usual this year for our 2019 National Tour! Our first concert will be in Featherston on 28 June, then it’s off to another eight cities to give twelve more concerts. Read More
27 February 2019 / NewsOutside our busy NZSQ schedule, you can find each of us performing as soloists over the next couple of months. First up, it’s Helene. She’s joining forces with Jian Liu on 29 March for a free violin and piano recital at the New Zealand School of Music. Read More
27 February 2019 / NewsOur new CD, Brahms Quintets 1 and 2, was launched during the Adam Chamber Music Festival. Released under the Naxos label, which is recognised globally as a leading producer of classical music recordings, we are tremendously proud of this work. Read More